Solar panel parts maker reveals new European grant-funded capability

Posted on 15 Oct 2013

Birmingham manufacturer shows off fruits of Eu1 million European grant with new equipment to manufacturer solar panel ribbon.

One of the Birmingham’s fastest growing manufacturers showcased the results of a Eu1 million European Commission Research Grant last week.

Strip Tinning, which employs 39 people at its Arden Business Park facility, invited Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid and prospective Northfield MP Rachel Maclean to officially open a new prototype line for producing the next generation of photovoltaic ribbon.

Mr Javid, the recently appointed Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Mrd Maclean, were shown the new line, described by the company as a ‘European first’, which has the potential to create 300MW–750MW of the critical interconnecting material used in solar panels across the globe.

If the prototype line goes to plan, the firm will invest a further £500,000 into fully automating it for volume production capable of generating Eu6m of additional export sales and creating 10-15 new skilled jobs.